The first days of a new year represent the time when we all make plans and decide to take advantage of the next twelve months in order to put into practice everything we haven’t done in the previous ones. We want to achieve more both personally and career-wise. But by the end of January, half of us forget all about these resolutions. I hope you fall into the other half but even if that’s not the case, I encourage you to do an easy exercise. Try to start from details with a minimum impact so that you can later move on to more significant changes.
To start with, how would you feel if you could take your personal style to a whole new level, leaving behind the fear of catching other people’s attention in the wrong way? You could start by wearing an unusual colour at least for one day. You could choose an unexpected accessory and turn it into your personal mark or you could wear pattern apparel more often.
If you have already "checked" all the ideas mentioned above, it means you are all set for a bigger fashion challenge: wearing more patterns at the same time! If you’re not so sure about how you could mix them together, keep reading this post. I’ll provide you with some basic rules but remember: your own creativity and personal taste are two factors that take everything to a more personal and unique level.
In the following lines, I’m going to mention some aspects that you should consider when you choose the patterns to mix in your outfits and give you some examples:
1. The patterns in black and white, such as the classic houndstooth, are a first-rate starting point.
2. You may treat basic patterns like neutrals. Stripes, zebra and leopard are easy to mix with almost all the other prints, regardless of colour.
3. Graphic designs can be effortlessly mixed together and give a sense of order to the whole look.
4. A common element provides a sense of harmony and cohesion. It could be a colour or some other detail meant to create a pleasant optical effect, from style in an abstract sense to fine details found on a second clothing item.
5. The patterns used in the same outfit can share the same colour palette but it is not necessary for all the exact colours to be found on all the printed clothing items.
6. Items with a matelassé effect or made in materials decorated with embossed designs create movement and volume without making the outfit look overwhelming.
7. Two or more complex patterns could actually look well in the same look if they are kept apart by means of a solid detail or insert.
8. The same print in alternating colours create an elegant optic effect.
9. The same pattern in different sizes creates volume.
10. In order to get a refined chromatic harmony, the same pattern in complementary colours can be used in the same outfit.
11. A third pattern can easily be added to garments already decorated with two patterns.
12. Pattern accessories add a moderate touch of colour.
13. Pattern garments with different textures give an unexpected twist to the overall look.
As you have probably noticed, when it comes to both circular patterns and graphic lines, the choice of colours is key and can make a significant difference between a lively look and a number of garments accidentally put together. Always choose patterns sharing at least one colour. For starters, you could create monochromatic looks with prints used on fabrics with different textures or opt for the same patterns in different sizes. Then, you can start introducing an increasing number of colours. Supposing you want to mix more than two patterns in the same outfit, remember neutral ones and, in case of complex ones, add a solid in order to create some space.
With these pieces of advice in mind, all you need is let yourself guided by your own creativity in order to add some colour and irony to your looks!